When designer Dave Hakkens realized there were no readily available, at-home machines to help everyday consumers transform their plastic waste into useful objects, he knew he had to take action. So he created Precious Plastic, DIY tools and machines that help you give new life to your plastic waste, right at home!

This is amazing news, considering 85 percent of the world’s plastic is not recycled. This reality is especially harmful to marine animals. A recent study found that as much as 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the oceans comes from land-based sources and nearly 90 percent of that is plastic. That’s about 8.8 million tons of plastic that make their way from land to the oceans every single year, causing the near-extinction of about 700 marine species, who are under constant threat from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion of plastic.

But with Hakkens’ machines, you can skip the middleman and handle the recycling process all on your own. The best part about these incredible DIY machines is that they can be used all over the world, using basic material found nearly everywhere. Everything you need to get started is right online, via open source – Hakkens just wants the word to get out. That’s the kind of attitude that will change the world!

Just watch the video and see for yourself! The results are amazing. Learn more about Hakkens and his work by visiting his website, and check out Precious Plastic’s website to learn how you, too, can #CrushPlastic with these DIY tools!

You’re sold! You want to get Hakkens cool tools. What else can you do?

While efforts are being made to remove debris from the oceans, improve recycling systems, and innovate barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways, we can all take action in our daily lives to stop plastic waste at the source.

“Plastic is ubiquitous in modern society and seemingly unavoidable. But is it worth risking the lives of marine species, the health of the oceans and our own future in the name of convenience? By taking steps to minimize everyday plastics in our lives, we can crush plastic at the source and give marine life a fighting chance,” says Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet.

If we all make an effort to identify where we use plastic and actively look for alternatives, we can drastically cut down on the amount of plastic pollution that finds its way into the oceans.

As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, One Green Planet believes that reducing everyday plastics from our lives is not about giving up anything or sacrificing convenience, but rather learning to reap the maximum benefit from the items you use every day while having the minimum impact.

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